Part of the Gem Class, a subset of the Grand Class, the Diamond Princess visits an array of exotic destinations in burgeoning cruise markets. The Diamond Princess is one of two vessels the cruise line constructed in Japan, and as such, the ship travels a handful of Asian and Australian routes in the winter. By summer, the ship goes across the Pacific, with its gourmet meals, Movies Under The Stars®, and an array of entertainment and enrichment opportunities on board. A sister ship to the Sapphire Princess, its elegant design holding 2,670 cruisers debuted in 2004 and was last refurbished in 2010.
Within the space of 18 decks, the Diamond Princess provides 1,337 cabins. Balconies adorn many, providing you with a view of whichever exotic destination you pass. Accommodations include the following: • 28 suites with private balconies • Two family suites • 86 mini-suites with private balconies • 522 outside cabins with private balconies • 10 Deluxe ocean view cabins • 212 Ocean view cabins • 377 inside cabins 27 rooms offer wheelchair access.
Princess strives for gourmet meals made with fresh ingredients no matter which dining option you choose. From traditional to casual, determine which fits into your travel schedule: Traditional: The most formal follows the cruise tradition of fixed meal times and seating, with wait staff bringing dishes to your table. All such meals are held in the International Dining Room. Any Time: Get the dining room atmosphere on your own schedule. The Diamond Princess features four such facilities for these meals: Pacific Moon, Santa Fe, Savoy, and Vivaldi Dining Rooms. Specialty: Sometimes you want a spicy tuna roll, and others, you’re looking for a full plate of pasta. Get quality food according to your taste buds in Sabatini’s, Princess’ Italian restaurant; the Sterling Steakhouse; the new Kai Sushi; and Ultimate Balcony Dining. Casual: Meals you can get on the go, 24-7, span a range of dining choices. Dine according to your schedule at the Horizon Court Buffet, the ice cream bar, Prego Pizza, and the Trident Grill, and get afternoon tea and 24-hour room service.
As you go about your time in between ports, think about what you’ll do all day. On the Diamond Princess, many gravitate toward the pools. Swimming pool and hot tub combinations include the Calypso Reef and Pool, the Neptune Reef and Pool, the lap pool, the Terrace pool, and the Oasis hot tubs. For adults, consider relaxing away from the kids in The Sanctuary for the afternoon. But if you’re looking to be active, make your way over to the Lotus spa and gym, fitness center, the nine-hole golf course, or even the shuffleboard court to move those muscles and take in a few ways. Or take a low-key approach by visiting the art gallery, or learn about your next destination with Scholarship@Sea. There’s always time for reading in the library, or seeking out excellent deals in the duty-free boutique. Once night falls, the Diamond Princess turns into an entertainment complex of nightclubs, lounges, and shows. For something traditional, opt for the quality acoustics and professional performances at the Princess Theater. On some nights, see what it’s like to watch a major motion picture outdoors with Movies Under The Stars®, Princess’ well-known program of first-run films, concerts, or sports games right by the poolside. But when you want to wind up and stay out well into the evening, Explorers Lounge, Skywalkers Nightclub, and Club Fusion present experiences for just about every reveler. Or if you’re looking to test your luck, go over to the Grand Casino. When you want a drink to relax after a night of dancing and daring moves, head over to one of the many smoking and non-smoking lounges, such as the Wake View Bar, Crooners Bar, Wheelhouse Bar, and the Churchill Lounge. While most activities appear geared toward adults, Princess designs its ships with children in mind. The Fun Zone, Teen Center, and Splash Pool provide ample activities for children between 3 and 17 years of age. If you’re looking to explore Alaska, Asia, or Australia in a casual, contemporary environment, consider a trip on the Diamond Princess.